Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon feels Manchester City’s failure to sign Paul Pogba in a £70million deal was a ‘victory for modern football’.
The France international was chased by the free-spending Premier League table-toppers over the summer, but failed to strike a deal despite their willingness to hand him a significant pay rise. Chelsea and Barcelona were also linked with the former Manchester United player over the summer but he opted to stay with the Serie A champions.
Buffon believes his team-mate was the best player in Europe last season, and his willingness to remain in Italy shows the richer clubs cannot always sign the players they want.
“The level that Paul Pogba was playing at last season, there was nobody better in the world, and I include [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo in that,” he told the Daily Mirror.
“When you are at that level, stories are always going to be written about your future.
“Manchester City are one of three or four clubs in the world that can pay what I call crazy money, so it’s only natural they were interested in him.
“He made his intentions to stay with Juventus very clear though, and that was important for us, but also important for football. It showed that money doesn’t always win.”
Pogba will come face-to-face with City as Juventus travel to the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday for their opening Champions League clash of the campaign.